Dr. Kandula finds culturally-sensitive workouts yield health results for immigrants

Friday, May 1, 2015


Namratha Kandula, MD/MPH, and her research work with South Asian communities in Chicago was recently featured on a news segment on WBEZ, the local Chicago NPR radio station. Dr. Kandula, Principal Investigator of the Northwestern study, says “South Asians uniformly are less physically active than other groups. This group has high rates of overweight and obesity, and high rates of physical inactivity.” Kandula said this directly relates to the prevalence of diabetes among South Asians. Nearly a quarter of these immigrants in the U.S. develop the disease — a rate higher than that of Caucasians, African Americans and Latinos. Kandula’s research at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine focuses on crafting effective interventions for communities who are underserved and unaware of best health practices.